19 March – 16 April 2016
The Curve Gallery, Quay Arts
Materials: stitched paper, thread, vinyl shapes, vinyl lettering
Dimensions: each stitched cloud is approx 1.80 x 3 metres
Photos: Julian Winslow
Cloud Collecting was a commissioned installation of printed paper and stitched thread, connected within The Curve Gallery by restraints of thread, made in response to the Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour exhibition, shown in The West Gallery. Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour is a touring exhibition of children and young people’s artwork aged 5 – 18.
Lisa Traxler’s installation is informed by the text and language following social media about the Generation ART touring exhibition, which has travelled from the Turner Contemporary, Margate to the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and Soft Touch Arts in Leicester.
The title itself, ‘Cloud Collecting’ denotes computer language, sharing resources and data to achieve coherence.
The pure joy and pride the young artists project in their work is articulated within streams of Facebook and Twitter ‘posts’. These contemplations, responses and themes have been collected and then, in an aleatory literary technique, dissected and further re-created into the seamed-together paper ‘thought clouds’. Visitors were invited to add their own deconstructed words to the ‘interactive poetry wall’ in the gallery.